This is my very first time joining in on Tea Time Tuesday. I wanted to show you a little treasure I found at an estate sale several years back.
This little treasure is a product of "Glo-Tan," produced by Carr China Co. Their items were considered "The Ware that Stands the Knocks." The pieces are very thick and heavy and manufactured mainly for hotels, restaurants, hospitals, clubs, etc. Thomas Carr was the president of the Warwick Pottery Co. in Wheeling, W.V. and was selected to manage the pottery in Grafton, which was built on the bank of the Tygart River in 1913.
Some of the clay was quarried locally (Grafton, WV), but most of the materials used were from New England, Berkley Springs region of eastern West Virginia and as far as Florida.
This plant started up in 1916, but abruptly closed in 1952 by Wheeler Bachman, who was the owner of the plant at the time. There was a decline in the pottery industry in America due to the competition from Japan and other low wage countries. The rumor was Mr. Bachman learned that the employees were discussing the possibility of a union. He was in such a rage, he closed the business.
There was a man by the name of Claude Hawks that visited the plant several years later and had this to say, "There was unfinished product all over the place; lines of benches, where artists worked...their brushes still in the glasses...dried up jars of ink and paint...transfer patterns all over. In the room where the kilns were, the carts were loaded just like they were going to be pushed in an hour or so...so tragic."
A tragedy indeed! The doors never opened again and burned to the ground in 1966. A sad ending to such a prosperous business.
If you would like to see more information about the Carr China Company, click here.
Click on Carr China Collector's Club for information on more pieces.
The lady that I purchased the items from was "very well to-do." She and her husband use to travel a lot, but I don't have any idea how she came upon these pieces.
Happy Tea Time! Here's to your health!
NOTE: The guitar table that the Glo-Tan cup sits on was created by my wonderful husband.